Created By: secondtime on August 18, 2011 Last Edited By: secondtime on November 19, 2011

Evil Announcer

Announcer is Big Bad

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This is found in fighting games, typically, although there are other examples- the announcer is the Evil Overlord, antagonist or Final Boss. Examples include the Mortal Kombat series, the Super Smash Bros. series, Team Fortress 2 and, arguably, Portal.
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  • August 18, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Non - video game example:

    Western Animation:
    • In Samurai Jack, the Big Bad is the narrator.
      "Long ago, in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now, the fool seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is Aku..."
  • August 18, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Due to the Heel Face Turn potential, you may want a spoiler warning in the description.

    • In Crackdown, the player character is a Super Cop obeying the voice in the headset telling him to wipe out every gang in the city... so that there won't be any armed dissenters when a Police State is established.
  • August 18, 2011
    jaytee
    Is there a Big Bad (or an announcer) in TF 2? What am I missing here?
  • August 18, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ I can say for certain there's an announcer, "Five Minutes Left in the mission, FIVE MINUTES LEFT IN THE MISSION." "The enemy has dropped our Intelligence" (et. al) come to mind. But the announcer as a character is also news to me.
  • August 18, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Shao Kahn would like to remind you that you not only suck, but are a weak, pathetic fool.
  • August 18, 2011
    Viddaric
    Just so you guys talking about TF 2 are aware, the announcer (AKA, The Administrator or Helen) in TF 2 is the CEO of RED, BLU, and TF industries, which, in the day and age that the game takes place, effectively means she has control of every major government on earth. Effectively, RED and BLU make the money which is scooped up by TF industries, who own Mann co, and therefore make all the weapons and equipment for both teams of TF 2, so not only is she a master Puppet Master on a global scale, but she's also making loads of money off of the sibling squabble between Redmond and Blutarch Mann. To top it all off, she'll use very dirty tactics to make sure that her scam keeps going, including ordering the assassination of the Director [1], destroying the potential lifelong friendship between the RED Demo and BLU Soldier [2], and bribing Radigan Conagher (The Engineer's grandfather) into building a longevity machine for Redmond Mann as well as Blutarch. [3]. I think it's safe to say she qualifies as Big Bad material, and definitely for this trope.
  • August 18, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ Guess I missed the memo, thanks for the story update. :)
  • August 19, 2011
    Koveras
    • In the Soviet animated series Adventures of Captain Vrungel, the regatta announcer turns out to be The Don who orchestrated the regatta to smuggle Venus de Milo out of Paris.
  • August 19, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ I need to watch that. SOOOO much.

    • Subverted and turned upside down in Borderlands, where just about everyone gets to talk into your headset. It turns out, just about everyone is crazy, evil, stupid, or more likely, all of the above.
  • August 19, 2011
    dalek955
  • August 20, 2011
    henke37
    Not sure about that super smash bros example.
  • August 24, 2011
    secondtime
    Master Hand is clearly the announcer. In the N64 opening, he even mimes "3, 2, 1, GO!"
  • August 24, 2011
    X2X
    ^^ In all three games, the announcer shares his voice with Master Hand (and from Melee onward, Crazy Hand). It's widely speculated that they're extensions of the kid playing with his toys, and I believe that Melee's Trophy description for the two confirmed it.
  • August 24, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    • In Sonic Colors, Dr. Eggman will occasionally make fun of Sonic or the area he's in through messages thinly disguised as PA announcements for an amusement park.

    • In Whacked!, the host of the game show the game is set within turns out to be Satan looking for some malicious souls to claim.
  • November 19, 2011
    Tambov333
    Bump.
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